Small-scale local community recreation opportunities are key to Edmonton bringing more families back to mature neighbourhoods, reducing urban sprawl, and achieving the "15 minute communities" outlined in the Edmonton City Plan.
With Scona Pool (attached to Strathcona High School) coming to end of life, community advocates including the Friends of Scona Rec, community leagues, businesses, neighbours, students and school partners and many others have tirelessly advocated for the establishment of a replacement opportunity: a new local mini-recreation centre, Rollie Miles.
Now many of us-- myself included -- have many happy memories of Scona pool and the enormous contributions it has made to the community and Strathcona High School. Looking forward, we must remind City Hall -- "It's not what you take away, it's what you leave behind. Let's leave behind a future of local recreation and new opportunities for all.
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Updates (March 2020):
There are two separate projects, both of which have been funded to Check Point Three. I will advocate for the bundling of both projects together as we discuss our 10 year capital investment outlook this quarter.
Design for the Rollie Miles Leisure Centre was approved by Council in Spring of 2021 up to PDDM Checkpoint 3. Procurement of the design team is underway with contract award anticipated for Q2 2022.